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Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing Co,.Ltd.
Fast Retailing designs, manufactures and sells clothing under 7 main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory & UNIQLO.
Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer. With a corporate statement committed to “Changing clothes. Changing conventional wisdom. Change the world,” Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.
Mr. Yanai started with a single UNIQLO store in Hiroshima in 1984, building this to more than 1,700 UNIQLO stores today across 17 markets worldwide, including Japan. In October 2015 Mr. Yanai was granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by CNBC, leading global broadcaster of live business and financial news and information, at its 14th Asia Business Leaders Award Ceremony. In 2014 UNIQLO was given the 2014 Retailer of the Year Award by the World Retail Congress, and Mr. Yanai was ranked among the Best Performing CEOs in the World in the November 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review.
Born February 7, 1949 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Mr. Yanai graduated from Tokyo’s Waseda University in March 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics.